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Test-Genitals

Reaching of the trunk toward the genitals of another (sniffing) for the purpose of assessment of reproductive state and individual identification (101a). Test-Genitals may be Male-Female, Male-Male, Female-Male or Female-Female. In Male-Female-Test-Genitals a male reaches out with his trunk and sniffs the genitals of a female. (101b) In Male-Male-Test-Genitals a male reaches out his trunk to smell another male's genitals; often occurs following meeting of two males in association with male-male greeting and also by non-musth males toward musth males and probably related to assessment. (101c) In Female-Male-Test-Genitals, a female reaches her trunk in direction of and touches or almost touches a male's penis. Females show most interest in musth males; estrous females exhibit this behavior very prominently immediately following a mating (see also Test-Semen). (101d) Female-Female-Test-Genitals is also observed. See also Caress-Genitals.